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2010 Arts Festival Award Winners!

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La Quinta Arts Festival is proud to announce our 2010 Award Winners.  Twenty-four judges are selected to independently evaluate one media of art on the opening morning of the festival. The level of expertise brought by this panel of judges adds tremendous credibility to our event. We encourage the judges to interact with each artist and ask relevant questions about their process. Booth display is also a component of the judging criteria. We commend the judges and congratulate all of the Artist Award Winners!

BEST OF SHOW

Stephanie GardnerMixed Media

Stephanie Gardner continues her exploration into the depths of abstract painting. Utilizing a myriad of rare earth elements and other undisclosed materials, Gardner’s canvases exude a meditative quality amplified by her abstract compositions that are carefully laid down throughout months of contemplation.

Not unlike the shift from winter to spring, Gardner’s paintings evoke a perennial timelessness. Within her paintings allusions to ephemeral natural processes lie hidden waiting to be discovered. Like the sparkle on the surface of a river or bark peeling away from a tree branch, subtle nuances of perception lend power to the immediacy of her paintings. That these fleeting moments in time could ever be captured is one thing…that Gardner manages to do it on canvas is something short of miraculous.

Gardner’s paintings unconsciously allude to the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. According to Leonard Koren, wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of what we think of as traditional Japanese beauty and it “occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West.” Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is the beauty of things modest and humble. It is the beauty of things unconventional.


BEST OF CATEGORY


FINE CRAFT:
Chanin Cook & Jonathan Edie
chajo.com

PAINTING:
Eric Lee
presteau.com


JEWELRY:
Adam Neeley
adamneeley.com

TEXTILE/FIBER:
Shelly Evans
spiritkeepers.com


PHOTOGRAPHY:
Lisa Kristine
lisakristine.com

SCULPTURE:
Eric Ober
ericober.com


DRAWING &
PRINTMAKING:

Molly Lipsher
mollylipsher.com

AWARDS OF MERIT

  • Fine Craft – Leslie Thompson
  • Jewelry – Dorothee Naumburg
  • Mixed Media – Rey D’Alfonso
  • Painting – Victor Martinez
  • Photography – Doug Landreth
  • Sculpture – Jim Budish
  • Drawing & Printmaking – Katharine McGuiness
  • Textile/Fiber – Bozenna & Lukasz Bogucki

LA QUINTA CIVIC PURCHASE AWARD

  • Andrew Carson & Shelly Corbett, Sculpture
  • Justin Coopersmith, Mixed Media
  • Dennis Kohn, Photography
  • Michael Leu, Printmaking